National briefs: 3 men get jail in bomb plot

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AKRON, Ohio -- Three men were sentenced Tuesday to years in prison after admitting to taking part in an unsuccessful plot to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio with what turned out to be a dud device provided by a government informant.

The father of one of the defendants, 21-year-old Connor Stevens, complained to the judge that his son had been entrapped.

"My son is guilty," James Stevens said, "and so is the government."

Prosecutors described the suspects as self-proclaimed anarchists who acted out of anger against corporate America and the government.

All three defendants -- Mr. Stevens, Douglas Wright, 27, and Brandon Baxter, 21 -- apologized in court. Their attorneys said they would appeal.

Verdict in day-care fire

HOUSTON -- It had been Jessica Tata's dream to run a day care, but soon she was in over her head, caring for too many kids and taking chances by leaving them alone to run errands. The young woman's actions ultimately proved fatal: Four children died and three others were injured when a fire broke out at her home day care in February 2011 after she had left them alone to go shopping at a nearby Target.

On Tuesday, jurors sentenced the 24-year-old woman to 80 years in prison for the death of one of the children, 16-month-old Elias Castillo. She still faces charges related to the rest of the children.

Big insider trading case

NEW YORK -- Federal prosecutors brought what they called "the most lucrative insider trading scheme ever charged," filing a criminal case Tuesday against a former trader at a unit of the hedge fund SAC Capital.

Mathew Martoma, a former trader at CR Intrinsic, a division of SAC Capital, was charged with making about $276 million in combined profits and avoided losses by obtaining confidential information about a drug trial for an Alzheimer's drug developed by the pharmaceutical companies Elan and Wyeth.

The case is the latest to put billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen and his hedge fund, SAC Capital, in the spotlight over insider trading crimes committed by former employees.

Suspect in zoo killing

BOISE, Idaho -- A 22-year-old man who police say killed a monkey after breaking into the Boise zoo has encountered run-ins with the law in the last three years that include a pair of drug arrests and a conviction for driving drunk.

A day after Michael J. Watkins' arrest, authorities attempted to answer what may have prompted the once-promising wrestler from western Idaho to enter the facility early Saturday, officials said.

He faces an arraignment hearing today in 4th District Court.

S.C. tax records hacked

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says a report on a massive security breach in the state's tax collection agency shows officials could have done more to protect personal information for nearly 4 million taxpayers.

She also said Tuesday that she also has accepted the resignation of Department of Revenue Director Jim Etter effective at the end of the year.

Ms. Haley says the report from computer security firm Mandiant found South Carolina made two mistakes.

She says it didn't require two different ways to verify when someone was trying to get into the system to look at tax returns and it did not encrypt Social Security numbers.



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